Malik Mothersille

Posh have secured the signing of striker Malik Mothersille on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Peterborough United have bolstered their attacking options with the arrival of 19-year-old striker Malik Mothersille, the former Chelsea man penning a two-year contract after completing the formalities at the idverde Training Ground on transfer deadline day. The clubs have agreed an undisclosed fee. 

Mothersille netted twice against Posh in the EFL Trophy for Chelsea last season and played alongside Zak Sturge, who joined the club earlier this week in a loan deal from the Blues. The teenager was at Leyton Orient prior to joining Chelsea and manager Darren Ferguson was delighted to get the deal over the line.

"There is no pressure on Malik whatsoever, he is someone for the short, mid and long-term. He hasn't had much of a pre-season so we need to get him up to speed, but we are pleased to get him in the building. 

“Malik is a good size, quick and a powerful boy, plays on the shoulder, can link, but wants to run in behind, which I think we need and is very good in one v one situations. Posh fans will remember him as he scored twice against us in the cup for Chelsea last season, so that will give you an indication of what he can do.

“His record in the EFL Trophy is very good, four in five games and I believe it is an exciting signing for the club because we think we have got a good deal. It is a permanent not a loan, which is important. All the forward players we want to own, we don’t want them to be loans, we feel this could be a good signing for us.”

Mothersille admitted it has been a whirlwind 24 hours, but he is delighted to put pen to paper. “It is something that has been on the radar for a little while, but it really got heavy yesterday around tea-time and then it was an early start to get to Peterborough on Friday morning.

“I spoke to Zak (Sturge) last night and he didn’t believe me when I told him I was coming. I think he will believe me now! I know that this is a good club, obviously I played against Peterborough last season, it was a good experience and I felt at the time that they played the right way and it would be a good place to play my football.

“I don’t like to restrict myself in terms of my game and what type of player I am. I have enjoyed my time with Chelsea, but I felt it was the right time for me to play men’s football and I am looking forward to the opportunity I have here,” Mothersille said.